Uttar Pradesh government scraps Samajwadi pension scheme

Uttar Pradesh government on 11 April 2017 scrapped the Samajwadi Pension Scheme, which was initiated by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who scrapped the Samajwadi Pension Scheme has also ordered a probe into the selection of beneficiaries under the scheme. Ordering the investigation, the chief minister has directed that the investigation should be completed within a month.

He said in future Mukhya Mantri Pension scheme will be introduced and beneficiaries from most Dalit communities will also be included. CM Yogi Adityanath said that a cabinet proposal will be prepared to enhance pension amounts from Rs 500 to Rs 1000 being given to widows, handicapped and old age people. Authorities were directed to chalk out a special welfare scheme for the scheduled tribal’s residing at Sonebhadra and other districts of the state. He also said that proper arrangements must be made for the education of tribal children.

The government has directed authorities to amend scholarship regulations to bring maximum students under it. Chief Minister Adityanath also directed to link all social welfare schemes run by the state government with the schemes initiated by the union government. Besides, the Uttar Pradesh government has ordered 18-hour power supply in villages and 24 hours in district headquarters of the state. Officials were asked to ensure there is an uninterrupted supply of electricity on the villages from 6 pm to 6 am.

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